October 3, 2013
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Annual Black-necked Crane Roost Restoration

Every living being instinctively develops a defense mechanism to prevent themselves from the predators.

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Cranes in general prefer shallow water bodies for roosting. Movements on the surface of the water by the predators and other animals alarm the cranes and they fly away.

In Phobjikha, Black-necked Crane roosts are maintained and restored annually by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature around mid September, just before they start arriving in the valley. Observations have shown that the cranes prefer the artificial roosts over the natural ponds in Phobjikha.

September 25, 2013

Tiger skin and bones seized


Officials of the Forest Protection and Surveillance Unit seized a tiger skin and bones from two Indian men in Gelegphu on September 20. It was confiscated from a hotel in Gelegphu town before the men could trade it with the buyer, suspected to be Bhutanese.

August 30, 2013
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Her Majesty Gyaltsuen launches Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund (JKERF)

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Her Majesty Gyaltsuen with Chairman, Board of Directors and Staff of RSPN

August 5, 2013, Thimphu - Coinciding with the visit of Her Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck to the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Her Majesty launched Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund (JKERF) as a part of the Jigme Khesar Environmental Resource Centre, which was launched in October 2012. The JKERF is launched under Her Majesty Gyaltsuen's initiative as the Royal Patron of the organization.

Bhutan's natural resources being the ultimate source of sustainability, the research fund will help to address an increasing need of science based information which is inadequately matched by research capacity in the country. It will also help to reduce dependency on external knowledge on our own natural resources.

June 27, 2013
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Training of homestay owners in Phobjikha

Homestay participantsA  training was conducted from 12th to 19th May 2013 and the 2nd phase focusing on the refresher training was conducted from 7th to 11th June 2013 for homestay owners in Phobjikha. The training was conducted by the project team from RSPN and JEEF along with technical support of two trainers from the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) and with help and participation of the Service Division team from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).

June 27, 2013

Training of Local Guides in Phobjikha

local-guide-trainingA total of 9 local guides were trained in Phobjikha from 4th to 9th and 21st to 24 May 2013 under the community-based sustainable tourism project. The training was conducted by Mr. Masanori Shintani, a well-known international ecotourism interpretive trainer from Japan.

During the training the local guides were taught about the simple understanding of what ecotourism or community-based sustainable tourism is, and how being a good interpretive guide can add value to the tourist experience of a particular area.

June 16, 2013
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RSPN Members mark International Day for Biological Diversity

rspn-member IBD 2013-aA two-day membership program was organized by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature to mark the International Day of Biodiversity celebrated worldwide on 22nd May. A total of 29 RSPN adult members from diverse backgrounds and professions joined the trip to Samtengang in Wangduephodrang.

June 4, 2013
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Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

The Board of Directors, Members and Staff of RSPN offer our sincere prayers for Long Life and Happiness for Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, the Royal Patron […]
May 21, 2013

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

idb-2013-logo-enThe United Nations has proclaimed 22nd May as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29th  December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated as the International Day for Biological Diversity.

March 29, 2013

Manas, world’s hotspot for felids

cats-500x407<< Golden cat, marbled cat, leopard cat, clouded leopard, common leopard and tiger were caught on 60 camera traps

The Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) covering 1,057sqkm has been named as a world’s hotspot for wild felids.

The presence of six species of wild felids – golden cat, marbled cat, leopard cat, clouded leopard, common leopard and tiger – and 28 other species of terrestrial mammals were confirmed through camera traps in the park’s 74sqkm area.

March 22, 2013
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World Water Day 2013: International Year of Water Cooperation

world water_day2013World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.